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Mighty Joe Young | 1998 | PG | - 1.5.1

An orphaned girl and a giant gorilla go through great pains to take care of each other in a world that seems to have no safe place for either of them. Bill Paxton and Charlize Theron co-star.

SEX/NUDITY 1 - A few kisses. Also, a female character often wears sexy tank tops, shorts, and wrap skirts.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - Threatening with guns, several shootings and fires: A man shoots a gorilla and a woman (we briefly see a bullet hole in her clothing), two men are shot in the neck with a tranquilizer gun and we briefly see one man who appears to be on fire. A giant gorilla bites a man's thumb off (we see a close-up of this, but no blood is shown) and he steps on a man's leg (we hear bone-crunching noises). The gorilla picks up a man by his legs, shakes him, and then drops him (we see him later with a bandage on his shoulder and a bloody cut on his eyebrow), he hits a man and throws a man through a sign and onto electrical wires (the man is electrocuted and dies). He also pushes a car causing it to roll several times, he crushes several cars and picks up a carload of girls. After being shot with many tranquilizers, the gorilla falls on a table, smashing it. A man hits the gorilla in the head with a gun and a man draws blood from a leopard using a very long needle. During several scenes the gorilla bares his teeth, growls and beats his chest; he also uproots trees. These scenes, while not necessarily violent, could be frightening to younger children. There are several scenes of reckless or dangerous driving: cars crash into each other, a car and its passengers is dragged by a clamp and chain attached to the gorilla's leg, a woman jumps out of a moving vehicle and falls onto the road and a truck rolls over, injuring two passengers (we see bloody cuts on their faces). In one scene a man is car-jacked. A few scuffles and one scene with panicky people running into each other and falling down.


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LANGUAGE 1 - A few insults and mild obscenities.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Death of a parent, keeping promises, protecting a loved one, revenge, loyalty.

MESSAGE - Animals should be protected, not exhibited. Animals have feelings, too.

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